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Blood Will Tell goes live!

Blood Will Tell Sept 15 5-5 8-5_edited-2OK. I’ve done it. For better or worse. Eek!

Blood Will Tell at Amazon   Paperback and Kindle

Other ebook formats at Smashwords

Fall in Santa Clara

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Crimson, yellow, tangerine
green now turns to gold
sunshine captured in the leaves


12 Elements Needed to Write Strong Character Relationships


Thanks, Nancy

Originally posted on Global Mysteries:

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th-1Story people like people in real life do not exist in their world alone. They relate to and interact with both principal and secondary characters. These relationships influence character behavior and development. Here are 12 elements needed to write strong character relationships:

1. Relationships begin with roles such as family—mother, father, daughter, son; and Community or work-related roles—boss, employee, small business owner, professional. Define these roles.

2. Have your characters act differently around different characters. A successful college professor may lose all control in a classroom of kindergartners. A strong executive may turn to a gelatinous mass when he encounters a character with whom he’s infatuated.

3 Provide a reason characters come together and stay together. Shared interests or goals or opposing interests or goals.

4. Give your characters a common bond that brings them together such as a job. Their approach to the job can be completely different causing…

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Ralph Vaughan Williams played viola.


a video to go with an oboe concerto :-] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P0TaRKQPbE

Originally posted on Life as a Writer and Artist:

Vaughan Williams played viola.  That is why he wrote such gorgeous  music for it.

Flos Campi (Flower of the field) for viola, wordless chorus and orchestra. Based on the Song of Solomon.

1.As the lily among thorns
2.For, lo, the winter is past
3.I sought him whom my soul loveth
4.Behold his bed, which is Solomon’s
5.Return, return, O Shulamite!
6.Set me as a seal upon thine heart

“‘Vaughan Williams played the viola, and frequently professed it was his favorite instrument. Along with the Suite for viola and orchestra of 1934, his most significant work for the instrument is the unusual Flos Campi (Flower of the Field), which combines the viola with a spare orchestral backing of strings, winds, tabor, and celesta, along with a mixed choir that sings wordlessly. It was first performed on October 10, 1925, in London, with violist Lionel Tertis, voices from the Royal College of…

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Remembering 911

I had forgotten about this poem.  Should have posted this yesterday.

Heroes of 911

How does it feel to be the hero?

Life size pictures on every wall.

Overworked and underpaid.

Gratitude hardly ever said.

Risking lives for one and all.

Brave hearts in bodies large and small.

Families wait the lonely night,

while soldiers all go out to fight.

Unappreciated before,

now you open every door.

Your memory will long endure.

How does it feel to be the hero?

Van Gogh and Turbulence

I always thought Van Gogh was a genius. But this puts a new light on it. Do you think he could actually see “turbulence”?

Writer’s Digest Poem a Day – Day 2

Take your gaze upward, and write a poem about the stars. You may find inspiration in this website that lists constellations, while also providing information on the myths associated with each one, as well as other salient information. Your poem could be informed by those myths or historical details, by the shapes or names of the constellations, or by childhood memories of seeing them. Any form or style will do.

Well the moon is not a star (or is it ?  It is a luminous heavenly body.) But this is what came to mind.

Red Moon

Red moon is not

the color I want to see

when I remember

childhood teachings

bible school

moon turns to blood

war and destruction


or maybe it is just

too much moonshine


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